Your Weekly Update – May 6

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Every week the National Ministry Team compiles stories and important upcoming events in a quick weekly update video. Here is what we cover this week:

A Message from True Mother

Watch the Weekly Update video to hear True Mother’s message at the victory celebration for True Parents’ Holy Wedding Anniversary.

 

God Bless America Family Festival

Sunday, May 29, 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Yankee Stadium Rally and we’re putting on an exciting God Bless America Family Festival to commemorate this landmark event and continue True Parents’ legacy. Join us at Belvedere on May 29 with your family and friends, where there will be international food, a Marriage Blessing Ceremony, live music, fun for kids, and more!

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Earthquake Relief Fund

On April 16, an earthquake with magnitude 7.8 occurred near Portoviejo in Ecuador, and Japan’s recent 7.3 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks have caused harm to many. In one of the affected areas, Kumamoto, Japan, 200 Unificationists are in refugee centers around their town and five of their houses are fully damaged, 39 houses are partially damaged, and three family members are hospitalized. We encourage all family members and businesses to contribute what they can to the affected areas of both Japan and Ecuador. You can do so in church this Sunday, or online.

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National Council Meeting

On April 29 – May 1, 2016, the National Council held its semi-annual meeting at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City.

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Divine Principle Workshops – Spring 2016

There are many opportunities coming up to get inspired and recharged with the Divine Principle. Experience a spiritual rejuvenation in Las Vegas, and explore the natural wonders of the region.

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Mother’s Day Tips from CARP

Watch the Weekly Update video for three Mother’s Day gift ideas by the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) USA.

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MEET NAOKO, TRIBAL MESSIAH

~from FFWPU-USA

In our new “Meet Your Neighbors” series, we share stories from Unificationists around the world who are actively and creatively building their tribes. Today, meet Naoko Hiraki, a veteran member of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) in Japan whose deep passion for outreach is catching.

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ABOUT NAOKO

After attending the anniversary commemoration of True Father’s ascension with many successful and dedicated international Tribal Messiahs in 2014, Naoko was inspired to replicate their approach in America. She began by sharing her renewed passion and hope for outreach with her local Kodan community in Los Angeles, which determined to work together to reach out to 430 couples and families and create their own tribe of Blessed families invested in living the Divine Principle.

“I heard the testimonies from Unificationists in the Philippines, Thailand and Nepal. They really believe that if in their country even just 12 families could bring 430 couples together as a tribe, then their country will move and they can make Cheon Il Guk (God’s Kingdom) real in this country. They believe in that strongly. I was amazed. If I can believe in starting Tribal Messiahship strongly in this country, we can build Cheon Il Guk here in America. I really wanted to do that.”

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WHAT SHE’S UP TO

One of Naoko’s primary Tribal Messiahship projects has been to revive the CARP Los Angeles campus outreach program. Every day, Naoko and her team strive to engage students at the nearby Pasadena Community College in study and conversation about the Divine Principle.

Her unique approach entails consists of a straightforward reading of the Divine Principle, and letting the textit speak for itself when students sit down with her to read..

“I want to share the Divine Principle very clearly. Little by little, students are changing their minds and hearts, so that is a wonderful thing. Then our hearts are moved by these students and our children’s hearts are moved as they see how these new Unificationists are being transformed by God’s word and God’s heart.”

Naoko uses her personal copy of the Divine Principle when reading with students. She places a tab inscribed with the each student’s name in her copyDivine Principle book, as both a placeholder in their daily study sessions and a wayform of to spark friendly competition between the students.

Even in times when Naoko is only working with one student, she feels how precious an opportunity she has been given to share the Divine Principle with him or her.

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WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

On the foundation of Naoko’s campus outreach initiatives, CARP Los Angeles has collaborated with CARP USA to organize a 10-day trip to Japan from May 25 – June 6, 2016. The purpose of this trip is to connect to the historic foundations of the Unification movement in Japan, as well as to establish stronger ties with CARP LA’s sister organization, CARP Japan.

The trip has generated so much interest and enthusiasm that neighboring CARP Korea has decided to join in, too!

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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

Support Naoko and her team of CARP Ambassadors as they prepare to depart for Japan by donating to their international endeavor today.

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True Parents’ 56th Holy Wedding Anniversary

~~from FFWPU-USA site: familyfed.org

On Friday, April 22, 2016, True Mother along with Unificationists in Korea and international guests and leaders celebrated True Parents’ 56th Holy Wedding Anniversary on the lawn of the Cheon Jeong Gung. As the sky slowly faded to evening and the decorative lights shone brighter, festivities began and were broadcast live around the world. Continue reading True Parents’ 56th Holy Wedding Anniversary

We Are God’s Winning Team

~FFWPU-USA

The 430 Tribal Messiahship Leadership Conference was an eventful, fun-filled, practical and informative program, leaving participants refreshed and ready to take Vision 2020 into their own hands. From building bonds as a family to honing in on the value of Tribal Messiahship, participants finished the week strong on April 14 and 15 by setting clear goals, sharing their determinations, and gaining tools to take action. Continue reading We Are God’s Winning Team

Honing in on Tribal Messiahship

~~from FFWPU-USA

The 150 participants of the 430 Tribal Messiahship National Leadership Conference, taking place this week at the International Peace Education Center in Las Vegas, had a busy day on April 13, day 2 of the conference. The theme for the day was “Vision and Modeling,” which provided participants with the opportunity to hone in closely on their dreams and aspirations, pinpoint how those fit into God’s Providence, and explore what Tribal Messiahship has to do with everything.

The day started with a Hoon Dok Hwe (scripture reading) session and a testimony given by Bay Area Family Church Pastor, Rev. Kevin Thompson, on the recent Set Free Summit in North Carolina, where he and 40 other pastors and ministry leaders gained tools to help their community deal with the issue of internet pornography.

After an exercise session, breakfast, and group prayer, FFWPU North America Continental Chairman Dr. Ki Hoon Kim gave an overview of True Parents’ 40-year ministry in America, highlighting the significance of each step they took to wake up America and move God’s Providence forward. FFWPU USA President Dr. Michael Balcomb followed up with a presentation on Vision 2020 and our plan for the next four years to continue True Parents’ legacy and further their work in waking up America to its true purpose.

Upon this basis, Demian Dunkley, Director of Evangelism, gave three afternoon sessions on Tribal Messiahship that sparked discussion, encouraged personal reflection, and clarified how participants personally fit into True Parents’ legacy, then and now. His first session, titled “We Are God’s Hope,” allowed participants to discover in what ways God is counting on each and every one of them, particularly as a channel of love to the people with whom they connect on a daily basis. During this session, Blessing & Family Ministry Director, Crescentia DeGoede, gave a talk and guided reflection about the Marriage Blessing Ceremony and the Blessing Movement, and how by bringing people to the Blessing we help create strong families centered on God who positively impact the world. The second session asked participants to reflect on, “What Dream Do You Have?”, bringing their personal passions and skills into play, and in the last session, “Building the Kingdom,” Demian shared practical steps to making the Tribal Messiahship vision a reality.


One of the newest Tribal Messiahship resources available to everyone is an online collection of readings, videos, and other resources designed to help you understand, feel inspired about, and kickstart your Tribal Messiahship. If you’ve ever found yourself asking, “What is Tribal Messiahship?”, “Why do we need Tribal Messiahship?” and “How do we start?”, visit familyfed.org/tribe to get started with your Tribal Messiahship today!

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